“We have so much responsibility ... 40 per cent of Canada's territorial space is ocean. We haven’t managed to get Canadians to own that.” Courtesy Amanda Vincent/Project Seahorse

Canada - UBC seahorse expert wins world’s leading conservation prize

Amanda Vincent, professor at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and director of Project Seahorse, has been announced as the 2020 winner of the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.

The Indianapolis Prize is awarded annually to a leading conservationist who has made significant efforts in advancing the sustainability of an animal species.

“To get that recognition is just so helpful [for my team],” said Vincent. “[Since] 99 per cent of the world’s living space is in the ocean, it’s a really brilliant opportunity for us to invite lots of other people to help with ocean conservation.”

Project Seahorse works at all levels of ocean conservation — from conducting scientific research and engaging community members to changing policy on federal and national levels — with a goal of ensuring the health and longevity of the world’s coastal marine ecosystems.

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